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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-18-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 62
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

Umbrella co. for all MGH holdings.


Probably doesn't say much about the easement situation here because building vs. land it sits on likely have very divergent paper trails.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-18-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,383
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

Spaulding pre-dates New Garden by a couple years. As for land-taking, that's complicated because Jerry Jacobs has his finger in the proceedings too. The T is successor to all B&M properties per the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-17-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,383
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

Yes, this. NS has too many short platforms that can't open all doors on >5 car consists. The T still needs to pick itself up off the procurement floor and order another 125+ bi-levels to replace the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-17-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Binney could be an outright closure. Now, even, because it's so inessential. Any Broadway incline would block it anyway, so assume Binney's a closure in any scenario.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-16-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,383
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

How in the hell are you going to get into a skyscraper surrounded on all 4 sides by the Leverett ramps and the busiest cement plant in New England (which is too permanently busy churning out concrete...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-16-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

That is wildly infeasible. The corner of Main and Vassar/Galileo is wall-to-wall MIT towers. You're going to cut off ground-level lobby access to McGovern Institute, Technology Square, Moderna,...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-15-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Hardly. The Grand Junction from BU Bridge to Main St. is all on 1905 soft fill. Prior to that the railroad ran out on a causeway in the middle of the ancestral tidal river. Any tunnel construction...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-15-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Well, those Red-Blue cost comparisons sure do show how utterly full of shit that 2010 DEIR was. Magically all 3 evaluated tunnel construction methods now only cost 48-84% as much, with construction...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-15-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Well...the Harborwalk is gradually getting filled in through Charlestown. Basically, you need a cycle track alongside Medford St. to bypass the Massport freight terminals and connect the small...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-15-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,383
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: North Station, Charles River Draw, & Tower A

It's not just a rehab. They're expanding track capacity from 2 to 3 on the approach spans for a lot more fluidity coming on/off the platforms and in/out of the fan-out of tracks at Tower A...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-09-2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Here's a town-by-town listing of FRA grade crossings inside 128. Doesn't include light rail, station ped crossings from one platform to another, or any undocumented/makeshift pedestrian crossings...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-07-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The T doesn't have a huge grade crossing dilemma because NYNH&H and Boston & Albany invested huge in crossing eliminations shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Every single mainline coming...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-03-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 127,622
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General Infrastructure

Yeah...that's the Worcester constriction's signature exerting itself on the schedule padding. It's not necessarily going to close big with the second platform because freight interference is also a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-01-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 127,622
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General Infrastructure

I know use of the second track is a contentious issue with CSX because that's their track ownership and their dispatcher who controls it. Division post between T/CSX control of the mainline is east...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-29-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 796
Views: 127,622
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General Infrastructure

It's needed for schedule-keeping. Worcester's layout amidst the busy freight yards makes the T's single-track layover + platform turnout a P.I.T.A. for turning around a train, such that when rush...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-26-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

This is why you have to ask "Who is it exactly who's watching employees clock in and out?"


If this were a freight railroad there'd probably be a yardmaster (union position) promoted up from the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-26-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Which is not to say that labor politics AREN'T part of the equation. They are, like numerous other factors. Just make sure you're solving for the right variables. Too many threads like this have gone...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-26-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5,406
Views: 697,453
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Railroad union for train crews (on phone...forget which of the 3 main RR unions that is).

It's nationalized labor. Every for-profit freight carrier--even the ones with the most Randian...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 09-18-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Not quite right location. Emergency exit from the Red platform (i.e. any future location of a Red-only headhouse) is here (https://goo.gl/maps/YFFqBLHLqEK2), bisected by tracing a straight line from...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-16-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 446
Views: 84,427
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Longfellow Bridge update

So far that plan never has advanced, since it involves massive roadway reconfiguration to compact Storrow and the Charles Circle ramp. MassDOT hasn't given any reciprocal response about their...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-12-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,235
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

It's way early to be claiming that, because there's no way of telling this early if scope of the job is biting off more than anyone can chew.

The rigors of this design process--all low-floor and...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-10-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,235
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

LTK did the same thing at same stage in the process for NJ Transit's MultiLevel EMU commuter rail procurement. That contract involved specs development for the first-ever NEC-dimensions compatible...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 09-08-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Yes...that's the real study alignment. This is more or less where the last UR study 15 years ago left off on where to pick things back up for a re-study:


No assumptions were made on final mode...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 09-07-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3,395
Views: 514,192
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

There's no "re-use" of the old Charlestown El bridge piers over the Mystic. They're 108 years old, originally designed to carry a flimsy and severely weight-restricted open-decked El over a...
Forum: Greater New England 09-05-2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: $650M water park and resort proposed in Palmer

Skeptical because of the bigness in a very small town makes sealing the deal so very difficult, but I like the idea a lot and think it scratches a viable itch.

Palmer is actually very convenient...
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